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"I have come that they may have life, and that

they may have it more abundantly" John 10:10

With the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Behnam and St. Mark’s Orthodox Churches held their 4th annual youth retreat 2011 the weekend of July 31st – August 1st at the Valley of the Mother of God in Orangeville. This three day event led by both Father Jack and Father John began with prayers on Saturday morning followed by breakfast provided by the monastery.  After, the youth engaged in a game of ice breakers giving them the opportunity to get acquainted.

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2nd Annual Suryoyo Youth Day 2011

"Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come" (
Ecclesiastes 12: 1)

By the grace of our LORD, the 2nd Annual Suryoyo Youth Day was hosted by the Ontario Syriac Orhtodox Churches: St. Barsaumo, St. Behnam, St. Joseph, and St. Mark on Saturday May 28, 2011 at the University of Toronto Mississauga. This event was a huge success, bringing 135 Syrian Orthodox brothers and sisters together to connect spiritually and reinforce our beliefs in One True God.

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Choose Life

A Youth Bible study


Youth Retreat – Winter 2011

The Youth of St. Behnam and St. Mark Syriac Orthodox Churches united again in their 2nd joint youth retreat to explore and talk about “Forgiveness”, based on the words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when He taught us to pray “….. and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This was the main theme of the retreat.

The retreat took place from Saturday the 19th to Monday the 21st of February, 2011 at the monastery of the Valley of the Mother of God of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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First Annual Suryoyo Youth Day - 2010

The first annual Suryoyo Youth Day under the theme of UNITY saw its first light on May 15th at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). Ontario’s four Syriac Orthodox churches unitied to celebrate a day full of spiritual and fun activities. The atmosphere of the event was glamorous and the participants were eager for more next year! The day started with registration and ice breakers. Four different color bands were given away to put the 140 youth attended in groups. A workshop presented by Mr. Thameer to engage the youth to learn and interact about the topic of little faith in our lives and what the bible had to say about it. The most important message was taken from the workshop is that even with little faith we can build a great relation ship with·God and make it fruitful.

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Youth Retreat - 2010

The retreat by St.Behnam and St. Mark was a great spiritual event. We had over 80 members of the youth from both churches between the ages of 14-30. The participation of these brothers and sisters in Christ is what made this retreat so wonderful.The central theme to the retreat was a specific verse from the Book of John 6:63, which said: “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." This verse was implemented in every aspect of the youths’ actions during the retreat. We had Fr. John and Fr. Angelos give us lectures about how to not judge others and how to defeat temptation. The youth were thankful to listen to these words of wisdom and hope they can listen to more in the future.

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Who is Responsible

A youth Bible Study